Blind Apathy

Call me crazy, and maybe it's true, but I am concerned that too many of us, in this country, are content in the comfort that is afforded by the concept that "ignorance is bliss" and we are headed for serious changes that our apathy and distraction are allowing to take place. As humans, we tend to take things we have always had for granted...until they are gone. As the song goes, "you don't know what you got till it's gone." This poem was inspired by this concern.

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Blind is the eye

where ignorance is bliss.

Like a wandering sheep,

it will find the abyss

then wonder in puzzlement

how such came to be,

and the answer is simple,

pure blind apathy.

Treachery's amiss

and greed is in bloom,

to ensnare the oblivious

in a self-ordained tomb.

Distraction's the key to

this sly little plot,

while no one is looking,

greed and power take its shot,

and before it's discovered,

the true treasure that's lost

is auctioned and purchased

at freedom's sweet cost.

Yes, blind is the eye

where ignorance is bliss,

but even a blind man

his freedom will kiss.

Freedom is precious,

a blessing that's dear.

If we are not careful

it could disappear!

Take not for granted

what we have and will miss,

if we settle for blindness

where ignorance is bliss.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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ALUR 5 years ago from USA

Lovely, poetic and so true. But to know the suffering of others is a gift as well as a curse. I often write I would much rather be lost in the fog of innocence and ignorance than unveil hypocrisy.

Sound fatalistic...such is the nature of my being!

Kindly check out some of my hubs as well!


tnderhrt23 5 years ago

ALUR, Thank you, kindly, for your read and comment. I hear you, and I am as guilty as the next guy who finds comfort in ignorance, sometimes...After some of the developments of the past week or so, in the governmental arena, however, I am afraid that if we don't watch it, hypocrisy will take over...and we, "the people" have alot to lose, whether we know it or not! And let me say this, I am not a political activist or zealot! I don't like politics! But what's going on behind the scenes here scares even me! I will definitely skip on over to your place and check out your hubs! Again, thank you!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....always an immense, deep and profound pleasure to read your noble and striking words Miss M - and to receive your support and commentary is to fly higher than any kite - please accept my most warmest wishes for you and your family and good energy is sent your way too - you have a been a big big part of my life here at the Hub - it was a grand day when we met - and yes it's true isn't it - miracles do happene when people meet.

lake erie time 2:15pm much much colder here again - winter is back!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Very true--your words strike a chord in the souls of us that take for granted our way of life--beautifully done!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Colin, You are my Hubland favorite, hands down, and comments from you are worthy of a queen! My gratitude and appreciation for the man you are know no bounds. Take good care of yourself and stay warm, My Dear Friend! And keep em coming! Much love and hugs!


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thomasgene 5 years ago from Deep in an underground bunker in the Southeastern United States.

What an inspiring and moving piece of work! I can't pretend to be a poet, but your words really hit home with me. Great job!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

AudreyHowitt, thank you, once more! Most of what I write about is that which I feel deeply about, and this falls into that category. It is an intense write but in my heart, I think it needs to be. Nothing can replace freedom and if we don't cherish and protect it, we could lose it. I need to step down off of my soap box now! (smile...) Thanks again!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

thomasgene, what a thrilling and humbling comment!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!


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giftedwriter86 5 years ago from new castle ,de

very nice piece and message.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, giftedwriter86, I really appreciate your visit and comment!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

I couldn't agree more with the urgent messages you are sending out in this insightful poem. So alarmingly true and this apathy and the gavitivity towards greed and the "me, me, me" society is spreading in epidemic proportions.

Wonderful writing and keep doing it.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

This is such a great write! I really enjoyed reading it.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed, thank you. I so appreciate your read and comment! God bless!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Mary615, thank you. Your read and comment are appreciated! God bless!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great work and thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eddy.


tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Thank you kindly, Eiddwen! I fear we tend to get so caught up in survival and American Idol that we fail to see what's going on behind the scenes...I appreciate your read and comment! Take care, too!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..hello dear Marsha - I sincerely hope this posting of your philosophical and poetic meditation to my Facebook page finds both you and your family well - I am here sending you warm wishes on the eve of our perhaps our first major snowstorm - not bad for mid-January - up to now it's been relatively dry, clear and mild.

lake erie time ontario canada 7:59pm cats are both well; they get out everyday and enjoy their freedom and fresh air


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Many thanks, Colin! Stay warm and cozy! Lots of love! M


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

Hd to vote up and awesome.

You made a serious point, yet put it into beautiful verse.

it was a delight to read.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Dim Flaxenwick, I so appreciate your read and generous comment! God Bless!


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glowingrocks 4 years ago from New York

Very nice.I too am concerned with the changes taking place and the "ignorance is bliss" concept that seems to be way to common in our society.Glad to see someone else has noticed.

Thanks for the post.


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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

glowingrocks, You are most welcome, and thank you for the read and comment. I find it frightening that so few people pay attention or even care to. Take care!


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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

I do so agree with you - its so apparent and I don't want to get caught up in it. Yet I feel people are afraid here to stand out and stand up because drawing that attention to themselves could make them a victim. Its a sad world we live in when everyone is too afraid to step outside their cocoon. Living where I do, I can understand the fear...I wish it wasn't that way. great poem, so poignant, so true.

light and love, Erin


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bellawritter23 4 years ago from California

Very Well said tender! Encore.....


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My this poem is excellent and so true I love these lines..

while no one is looking,

greed and power take its shot,

and before it's discovered,

the true treasure that's lost

is auctioned and purchased

at freedom's sweet cost.

I hope people eyes will be opened.

voting up

debbie


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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Thanks so much, Deborah! Unfortunately, most folks don't want to know what's really going on....that forces them out of their comfort zone and into responsibility!


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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Ms bella! Hope all is well in your world!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

People fall into this 'blessed ignorance' because of convenience and thinking that somebody else will voice and change things instead of them, but the thing is, - somebody else is exactly who we are... Powerful message, an eye-opener and beautifully expressed!


tnderhrt23 4 years ago

BeyondMax, My youngest son talks alot about how the vast majority of people in this country are "asleep"...more interested in their Iphones and American Idol than what's really happening behind the scenes in our government and most just don't want to even know about it...which I find to be largely true. It's a pretty scary thing...Thank you, my friend, for your loyalty and your encouragement. It means more than you can possibly know.

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